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“A Necessity in the Nursing World”: The Chicago Nurses Professional Registry, 1913–1950

“A Necessity in the Nursing World”: The Chicago Nurses Professional Registry, 1913–1950 % Necessity in the Nursing World": The Chicago Nurses Professional Registry, 19 13- 1 950 JEAN C. WHEW University of Pennsylvania In 1923, Lucy Van Frank, Head Rcgutrar of the Chimgo-based Nurses Profes- sional kstry, addressed the annual meeting of the Illinois State Nurses Associa- rion (ISNA). ' The main topic of her mlk centered on the problems encountered in administering a private duty registry. However, Van Frank seized the opportunity to emphasize the irnporrance of the esrablishment of nurse-owned and-optrartd central registries. Central regisvies were agencies that placed private dury nurses with patients and provided a source of jobs for nurses in a particular localiry. Van Frank's remarks focused specifically on central registria owned and operami either by or in close affiliation with a professional association of nurses, the formation of which was a growing movement among nurses in the early rwentieth century.l Van Frank's comments lefi no doubt in the audience's mind of the value she placed on central registries. She declared: "They are now considered as much a necessity in the nursing world as are commercial bureaus in the business world, and as essential a part of the great plan of caring for the sick, as http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Nursing History Review Springer Publishing

“A Necessity in the Nursing World”: The Chicago Nurses Professional Registry, 1913–1950

Nursing History Review , Volume 13 (1): 27 – Jan 1, 2005

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% Necessity in the Nursing World": The Chicago Nurses Professional Registry, 19 13- 1 950 JEAN C. WHEW University of Pennsylvania In 1923, Lucy Van Frank, Head Rcgutrar of the Chimgo-based Nurses Profes- sional kstry, addressed the annual meeting of the Illinois State Nurses Associa- rion (ISNA). ' The main topic of her mlk centered on the problems encountered in administering a private duty registry. However, Van Frank seized the opportunity to emphasize the irnporrance of the esrablishment of nurse-owned and-optrartd central registries. Central regisvies were agencies that placed private dury nurses with patients and provided a source of jobs for nurses in a particular localiry. Van Frank's remarks focused specifically on central registria owned and operami either by or in close affiliation with a professional association of nurses, the formation of which was a growing movement among nurses in the early rwentieth century.l Van Frank's comments lefi no doubt in the audience's mind of the value she placed on central registries. She declared: "They are now considered as much a necessity in the nursing world as are commercial bureaus in the business world, and as essential a part of the great plan of caring for the sick, as

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Published: Jan 1, 2005

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